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Willamette Farm & Food Coalition

David Minor Memorial Fund

David Minor

David Minor was a passionate activist for social and environmental justice and a strong proponent of sustainability. He died on June 2, 2008 at the age of 27 in a bicycling accident.

David grew up in Eugene and graduated from the University of Oregon with degrees in environmental studies and sociology. He worked as the manager at Jo Federigo’s restaurant, a place where he could facilitate people gathering to enjoy local food and good music. He played drums in a high school band and loved all kinds of music. He also enjoyed skiing, surfing, camping, gardening, and being around his family and many friends. David encouraged others to think about how their actions impacted the natural environment and those who are poor and oppressed, and he lived his life to reflect those values. He grew his own food and supported local farms to participate in a more just food system; he volunteered with Food Not Bombs; he rode his bike whenever possible to avoid supporting petroleum companies.

The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition is honored to help sustain David’s memory - and his passions for growing food, supporting local farms, and promoting social justice - through the David Minor Memorial Fund. The fund is being used to help strengthen projects and programs that increase access to healthy, locally-grown foods for low-income families in Lane County.

Help us grow David's organic legacy. Contribute online through Paypal.

Or mail your contributions to:
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition
P.O. Box 41672
Eugene, OR 97404-0389
Please make checks payable to WFFC and put "David Minor Fund" on the memo line.

In addition to offering support to WFFC staff for their collaboration in the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative awards have been made to the following projects, programs and events:

Courthouse Garden
Located across the street from the Federal Courthouse in Eugene, Oregon, the garden was built with a collaboration between the City of Eugene, University of Oregon and the Federal Re-entry Program. The city has leased the land to the University of Oregon for the next 3 years. The UO Department of Landscape Architecture offers classes that teach a hands on approach in implementing, constructing, and maintaining a community garden. The social mission of the garden continues with Re-entry clients and at-risk youth.  In the spring of 2011 the Courthouse Garden teamed with CPY, Network Charter School and MLK Education Center to bring UO students and youth together to learn gardening skills, while providing fresh vegetables to the community. Produce is distributed to under-served organizations in Eugene, including the Eugene Mission, Relief Nursery, Catholic Community Services, HIV Alliance, etc.

FOOD for Lane County Gardens Program
Eliminating hunger by growing food, building skills and nourishing community. Food for Lane County operates three community garden programs offering varying levels of collaboration and education while producing vegetables for the food bank. Community members at the Grassroots Garden, high school students at Churchill Community Garden, and at-risk youth working a summer season at the Youth Farm, all share in the joys and challenges of growing food for those in need.

Food Justice: Community, Equity, Sustainability
Conference held at University of Oregon, February 19-21, 2011. Food Justice explored the past, present and future of the food system, and provided opportunities for collaboration among scholars, policy makers, practitioners and activists. Keynote speakers included Vandana Shiva - scientist, activist, seed saver and writer, Fred Kirshenmann - farmer, scholar, leader in US sustainable agriculture, and Darra Goldstein - founding editor of Gastronomica.

Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden)
Providing opportunities to low-income Latino families to grow their own vegetables via garden access and training, and food preparation and preservation classes. Huerto’s Small Farmers Project is in its third season growing strawberries and black raspberries for sale (511 East Beacon Drive).

That’s My Farmer Low Income Fund
That’s My Farmer is an annual event held by 16 Eugene faith communities highlighting farms with Community Supported Agriculture programs (pay in the spring and receive a box of produce every week throughout the season). The TMF Low-Income Fund was established with proceeds from the event to subsidize CSA shares for families in need. In the past two years the fund has also provided 40 low-income Latino families with Farmers’ Market dollars, redeemable at the Lane County Farmers’ Market and several area farm stands.

Victory Gardens for All
Growing good food and changing the climate, one yard at a time! This volunteer run service organization assists families from all walks of life in planting gardens in their yards. No garden is too small. If a family cannot pay the fee for starts and soil amendments, it is subsidized. Using a pay-it-forward model, once the group has helped you plant a garden, all they ask is that you assist them in planting the next one.